The Rivers State government has awarded contracts to reconstruct Oyigbo-Okoloma and Chokocho-Igbodo Roads in Oyigbo and Etche Local Government Areas of the State, respectively.
Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike of Rivers State said it takes a government that cares for the development and wellbeing of the people to award such significant contracts at the twilight of an administration.
Governor Wike stated this shortly after the Rivers State government signed a contract with Lubrik Construction Company and SETRACO Nigeria Limited in Government House, Port Harcourt on Monday.
The contract for the reconstruction of Oyigbo-Okoloma Road was awarded to Lubrik Construction Company. In contrast, that of Chokocho-Igbodo Road was awarded to SETRACO Nigeria Limited.
The Governor said even though the 19.4 kilometre Oyigbo-Okoloma and the 27.1-kilometre Chokocho-Igbodo roads belonged to the Federal Government, the State government decided to award the contracts to alleviate the sufferings of the people in the two Local Government Areas.
Governor Wike said the moment the State government announced that a contract would be awarded for the reconstruction of Chokocho-Igbodo, some narrow-minded persons attempted to play politics with the road by hurriedly mobilising Federal Roads Maintenance Agency (FERMA) to the site.
“These two roads are very vital to the people of Etche and the people of Oyigbo. These are not the only projects we have embarked upon in these two local governments. But these two projects impact the lives of the people of Oyigbo and Etche.
“The Chokocho-Igbodo Road is a Federal road because it is a road from Rivers State to Imo State. But as I said, Rivers people, Etche people are suffering. Therefore it behoves on us to make sure we reduce the burden of suffering on our people.
“Etche is noted to be the food basket of Rivers State, and if we cannot give them that confidence and sense of belonging as a people from the state, then we have failed in our mandate and contract with the people of the state.
“These two roads are very key to us, and they must be completed within 12 months. No contract will be abandoned under this government, and nobody will be owed. By the grace of God, we are doing our best in terms of payment to contractors.